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Sometimes when I'm stuck in my songwriting, I do something very simple: I take the melody I'm working with and try it with both major and minor tonal centers underneath.
For example: in the below video I take a piece of the folk song "Shenandoah", which is traditionally in a major key. Just to shake things up, I try it using the relative minor.
If your song is in C Major, try it in A Minor. If your song is in D Minor, try it in F Major. And so…Continue
Now that I've posted my Recommended Listening and Recommended Reading, I'd like to close out the triptych with a list of Recommended Viewing. Duke was a preternaturally charming and charismatic figure and it is a real kick to watch him on film —…Continue
Added by Darcy James Argue on November 22, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
hey everyone here is a little jazz singing improv i did today......the words I just came up with as i was singing (probably not my best idea),and the music was from my keyboard....I have been trying a few singing exercises and can't really tell if they are helping yet ..
So what you think??
any thoughts would be great :)
Added by Connor Peavy on November 20, 2013 at 5:29pm — No Comments
As a follow-up to my Recommended Listening post, I'd like to also direct Arranging Ellington participants towards a few books that I think will help you form a more complete picture of Duke Ellington's world. I think it's extremely important for us as jazz…Continue
Just figured I would put in my 2 cents worth on vocal harmony.
I think there are a lot of reasons harmony is and can be important and a lot of it has to do with the song and the point for which harmony is used.
harmony can be used very nicely to change the emotion of a few note,Take for example if you play A then B then G it is simple but by using harmony you can add a level of depth that a single note would not make, and you can add a level of emotional sound…
As we continue with the Arranging Ellington project, one thing I'd really like to encourage is for everyone to fully immerse themselves in the world of Duke Ellington. As I mentioned in my welcome video, I think Ellington is among the most misunderstood figures in…Continue
Ohhh, how I love harmonies. This could be because I grew up in a church where singing four-part hymns was the norm every Sunday, so I learned how to sing the different parts from a pretty young age.
Or it could be because two of my earliest-owned record albums were Abba's Super Trouper and Jan and Dean's Ride the Wild Surf.
Or it could be because I came of age in the 80s, when harmonies were big (and hair was…Continue
As we mentioned when we launched the Arranging Ellington project, one of the musicians you have the option to include in your arrangement is the wonderfully talented and versatile singer Claudette Sierra. In addition to being an accomplished jazz vocalist, Claudette has performed with some of the titans of…Continue
Added by Deidre Rodman Struck on November 9, 2013 at 9:55pm — No Comments
I finished my song :)
Here you go!
House on fire, stop
Search in all the cupboards for the contraband
Before the sound of sirens stops
Threatening the reward of leaving for the promised land
The windows locked
Can't find the door
This is a video of me singing and playing Home by Micheal Buble.
This is the 1st time I have tried singing and play at the same time.I didn't start trying to sing until a few months ago so I still have some work to do.
any thoughts or anything would be great.
Eeeeeeekk!! I'M FREAKING OUT!!!!! I HAVEN'TEVEN POLISHED MY AUDITIONED SONG FOR GREASE!!! I'm singing "There Are Worse Things I Could Do" by Rizzo. I might go for her too. I always wanted to play someone mean >: ) I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, REALLY INFINTY hope I don't mess up the song during... I would DIE if I do!!
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In this blog post, I talk about the importance of listening to as much music as you can and the importance of listening with a "Yes" mind.
Here is the song that comes to mind for me lately when thinking about a great melody:
There is so much I like about this. SO MUCH.
But what in the world does it have in common with this?
That's right-the pentatonic…Continue
Hey everyone this is a new song i started few days back,little different then what i normally write.
any thoughts would be great